For a second straight year, Henrietta High School’s spelling and vocabulary team has earned a state championship in UIL academics, while Henrietta’s literary criticism team took second place at the state level.
Matthew Mitchell finished first in the individual standings to lead the spelling and vocabulary team in the May 21 state meet in Austin. The senior Bearcat scored a 91 to earn the individual championship. Mitchell was also the district champion and the regional runner up this year.
A second key contributor was senior Miranda Flores who placed fourth at the state meet with a 90 and scoring 17 points on the tie-breaker. Flores tied Mitchell as the regional runner up and was the state champion at last year’s academic meet. Both Mitchell and Flores were part of last year’s state champion team. Providing the team’s third high score was sophomore Nathan Clark who ended up in a tie for 17th place in the state. Rounding out the team was freshman Quint Lewis.
Junior Danielle Holmes led the literary criticism team as the third place individual. Last year, holmes finished sixth at state. Earning fourth place honors was senior Katelyn Suneson, this year’s district and regional champion. Last year, she placed fifth at state. Scoring the team’s third highest score was freshman Amber Dillaman. Also contributing to the team was Krystal DeLucio who was a member of last year’s second place team.
Overall, Henrietta High School placed 6th at the state meet, earning 56 points on the strength of these eight students.